"Help me ... help you. Help me, help you."
That famous line from the film Jerry Maguire may be the best advice a doctor could give his or her patient.
"Some patients have the attitude, 'I'm putting myself in the hands of a professional,'" says Stephen Permut, MD, chairman of family and community medicine at Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia. "They want you to make all their decisions for them."
Permut prefers to have patients get involved in their own care and engage the doctor...
Can you really get better abs in just 1 month? If you mean a stomach that's tighter, more toned, and slimmer -- yes you can.
Fire up the following workout and cut some calories and you can reasonably lose a couple pounds a week, say the pros. In 4 weeks, that's a possible 8 pounds, and "8 pounds of flab covers a lot of area," says Paul Frediani, ACSM, certified fitness coach, and co-author of Boot Camp Workout. Burn off 8 pounds, and "you will definitely be able to see and feel it."
But be smart. Before you can blaze through a few sets of these belly-busters you'll need to build up to it. And to do that, think about putting ab exercises at the front of your workout.
Most people tend to save ab work for last, says exercise physiologist Rich Weil, MEd, CDE, yet you'll "be fresher at the beginning of your workout and so you may get a superior response" working your abs when they're strongest.